“I think I was pretty limited,” Alexander Zverev sees his leg injury as a major reason for his semi-final defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev played tennis at the highest level en route to the semifinals 2022 Monte Carlo champion. But the heavy-serving German broke under pressure as he was eliminated by the defending champions in the round of 16 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Zverev, the way he played, looked like a prime contender to win the title but it was certainly a battle between two great players of their new generation and Tsitsipas was just better that day.

The defeat ended the German’s dream of pushing for first place in the world. The 24-year-old’s victory in Monte Carlo would have changed several narratives and given him an outside chance to stake his claim on the summit. However, that dream has not materialized, at least for now, as he was beaten 6-4, 6-2 against the Greece, who thrives on sandy soils.

Zverev started his campaign against Argentina Federico Delbonis and there too he looked a little off the mark as he allowed the Argentine to control the game. But soon the ger stepped in and made his way, winning the second set and eventually that match. He admitted a few chances Pablo Carreno Busta too, but once again quickly realized it and so he returned to his element and ended the game. His toughest match was against Jannik sinner where he came back from one set and won the final two to advance to the semifinals. The German has kept a low profile since his doubles incident with the referee in Acapulco, Mexico.

Alexander Zverev was eliminated from the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Masters against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a leg injury

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Zverev had a very grueling quarter-final against Jannik Sinner when the match lasted more than three hours as the German looked uncomfortable on the pitch. But he still managed to fend off the youngster and advance to the semifinals. But against someone of Tsitsipas’ quality, Zverev couldn’t hide his leg injury. The Greek connected some great slices and drop shots which had the 24-year-old working hard to gain points.

The world No. 3 revealed just how severely limited his skills were in the semifinals game as he recounted how the match against Sinner was a tough one. “I think I was pretty limited in what I did [in the match]. On Friday [in the quarter-finals against Jannik Sinner] I had a bit of trouble on my serve because of mine [injured] Leg,” Alexander Zverev revealed after crashing in the last four stages in Monte Carlo.

He also highlighted that Stefano Tsitsipas was miles better than him and totally deserved the win. Against Zverev, the Greek now has a 3-0 record on sandy soil. “But Stefanos [Tsitsipas] played ten times better than me so he deserved to win. Nothing else to say” he added.

Despite failing to win the title, he was pleased with his performance in Monaco. “Overall it was a positive week for me. I’ve played some good matches here.”

Finally, he was a bit emotional about how unfortunate things were for him that year. Starting out with injuries and health concerns before or during crucial games has hampered his current season. He shared how he was ill in Miami and injured in Monte Carlo, so he feels like things are happening out of his control and it bothers him a little when he’s progressing. “I got sick in Miami. I hurt myself a little here. So I feel like things are happening a little bit out of my control, which annoys me a bit.” Zverev closed.

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